The book has arrived and I am about half way through. It is well written and says it just right so far, think it should be a big seller. Thank you for signing our copy; hope to meet you both one of these days.
Rae Smith (wife of a Naval aviator) - West Point, MS
My dad passed along your book for me to read and I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed it. It really grabbed me - I love a good read!! Thanks.
Michael Boyle - Vista, CA
I had the bad fortune of being sick for the last five days, and the good fortune of having your book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cared about the characters, I liked the pace of it and learned a lot more about what being a prisoner was like....Horrible. It brought renewed respect for the risks that our soldiers take.
Elizabeth Georges - San Diego, CA
My husband received from a friend a copy of your book, "Code of Conduct," in the mail on Monday. He was on his way on a business trip that night and took the book with him. One day later, he is practically finished in what, for him, is apparently a "can't put it down" account and tribute. I look forward to reading your book when he's done. Oddly enough, I just finished John McCain's "Faith of My Fathers."
Jessica M. Samios - Ligonier, PA
12 Feb 03
(from Vietnam) Karen - Give up your Day Job! The book is fabulous. You have outdone yourself. Walked in the Hoa Lo today. Heartbreak is gone. New Guy Village, part of Vegas and knobby room all that is left.
Ed Hubbard (former POW and published author)
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I finished it in one day. Your books tells so much of what these heros went through, some sad situations that they came home to. Some of them made it; others didn't. Karen, the book was terrific! I hope that Hollywood takes a good look at this for a movie. The compassion you showed, I could just put myself in anyone of those shoes. My husband was in Vietnam in 1966-1967. And when he came home everyone felt as Bobbie did, glad to see them, but then again, you were scared they had changed. I give you a 5 star on your first book. Keep up the good work .... I will recommend it to everyone that will listen to me. My boss is a Staff Sgt. in the guards, and I said, "You are going to read this."
Linda Lemmerman - Mazeppa, MN
I am a French Canadian who was taken prisoner in Hue in 1968 and released on February 13, 1973. I read your book "Code of Conduct." It is a very good book.
Marc Cayer - Quebec City, Canada
Dear Karen: I want you to know how much I'm engrossed with your book. I've been reading it during breakfast and lunch. I can hardly put it down. You have me hooked. And it is very well written, I might add.
Jean Brown - Bonner Springs, KS
I received your book. I started reading it right away and couldn't put it down. I want another copy to send to a friend. We thought of Cole so often while he was over there; he was always in our prayers I am sure it took a lot for you to write this book.
Chere and Larry Johnson - Zumbro Falls, MN
What a great book! I couldn't leave it alone. Had my head in the book every free minute I could. When Cole was released I was in Florida with my 9 year old son vacationing with my parents. I remember reading a newspaper from down there and seeing Cole's name. So, although I've never met you, your story and remarkable courage and honor to our country really touched my heart. Praise and admiration to you both.
Carla Root and Mary Pruter - Wykoff, MN
I couldn't put it down. A friend in my office has already read it; he said he loved it and it is well written.
Kim Shoesmith @ Edward Jones, Escondido, CA
I'm sure I told you, but the book was terrific........write another one.
Bobby Hulse - San Jan Capistrano, CA
Any chance of a new book being published from you. I enjoyed your "Code of Conduct" so much. Let me know if you have another coming out soon.
Linda Siewert Lemmerman - Mazeppa, MN
Karen: I found "Code of Conduct" to be a finely crafted necklace of chapters that demanded my continued attention. I couldn't put it down!! To leave the high adventure of P.O.W. camps and fall into mundane society, with its lack of direction, was a task that you will probably long remember. You did it artfully. Respectfully,
Art Guy - San Diego, CA
I am an American history teacher living in Singapore. During our lessons this year on the Vietnam War, I decided to see if I could locate your husband in an online search. When I was in high school, I wore a bracelet with his name on it for two years, waiting for the POWs to be released and the war to end. I remember being in front of the TV in my parents' home and watching the men walk down the steps from the airplane. I also remember being thrilled to hear his name called. In searching online it was heartening to see that there was more to his story that just military information. Thank you for writing this book, and please let your husband know that his story is being shared at the Singapore American School with 13 and 14 year olds from all over the world.
Penny Collins - Singapore
I met you today at the book show. I just read the first 100 pages of CODE OF CONDUCT. This should be a best seller!!!!! I don't read a whole lot, but I can't put your book down. My wife made me stop reading for dinner and I started thinking how much work in must have been to write a book like this with this many pages and make every page as interesting as you did !!!!! . . . Anyway, congrats on a Great - Great Book !!!!!!!
Dave Adams - San Diego, CA
Karen, you must have been a fly on the wall in the prison camp to have picked up on the emotions the way you did. It was terrific.
Duffy Hutton (Former POW) - San Diego, CA
Karen, We thought your book was great. Duffy cried several times - I'd look over at him and see him wiping away tears. I don't think he realized before just how tough it was on some of the guys who came home to broken marriages. think reading it helped him too. He opened up about some things that happened more than before. It was really compelling.
Eileen Hutton, wife of former POW - San Diego CA
Karen, I read your book awhile back, just now realized I had a chance to comment on it. It was great! The Prison part was as if I was sitting there listening to Cole repeat it all over to me again in Balboa Naval Hospital. Bravo Zulu to you.
Jim McLeod, (Former Debriefer) - Wewahitchka, FL
I finished it last night. IT IS SO GOOD! I laughed, I cried, mostly cried.
I fell in love with Tom, what a hunk! I was absolutely fascinated with the "tap code". What an amazing story. I can't believe what those guys had to endure. I cried my eyes out when it came to [blanked out to protect the story line.] When I read that, I held my son tight and gave him extra kisses. What a story. Now everyone in the office wants to read it! I would definitely recommend it. I wasn't sure a Vietnam story would hold my interest, seeing what the families went through is so heartbreaking. GREAT JOB!!
Stacie Corbaley - San Diego, CA
For some time now I have been meaning to write to Karen to congratulate her on the really good book which I read immediately. I was impressed that it was not the work of an amateur author but rather a very well related and organized story, much of which I recognized of course. Tried to locate you on the web to order some more (as did one of my patients, who is a retired Marine Colonel), and the only Karen Black there is some porn star. So, send me the order info by E-Mail and I will get some more copies. I will look forward to hearing from you. Best Regards --
George Frankhouser (or should I say Dr. Howser?) - Santa Maria, CA
Code of Conduct is impossible to put down once you start reading it. Not only are the characters believable and totally human, the story is full of information about the POW experience and its effect on all concerned. The icing on the cake is Mrs. Black's sensitive and enjoyable sex scenes. I loved it!
Mary Sternad - Coronado, CA
This is an excellent book. I have read it more than once, and would recommend it to others. (in fact I have made that recommendation). I personally know both the author and her husband Cole. It was difficult to read the parts about the prison and things that happened to the prisoners. Even though I tried not to do so, I kept imagining all those things happening to Cole. Upon reading this book I had a whole new respect for both Karen and Cole. Thank you Cole and all of the other NAM-POWs for serving your country as you did.
Recently Karen gave a presentation to the Northern San Diego County Legal Professionals Association about writing and publishing her book. I have heard much positive feedback from fellow members and friends. Several people purchased the book and I know that more purchases will be made because of that evening.
Cindy Greenleaf - Escondido, CA
Your book is very good, a great job. There are pages I need to read again. I was heartsick reading of the amount of our men held as prisoners and being treated so gruesome. When I mentioned the number of prisoners to people now they look at me in disbelief.
Mary Dackerman - Temecula, CA